Paula's Choice

Paula's Choice Skincare was founded by Paula Begoun in 1995. Begoun is an author, businesswoman, and talk radio host who is also known as the "Cosmetics Cop." The formulas are created based on published, peer-reviewed studies, which is central to the company philosophy that skincare ingredients need to be thoroughly researched before being made into products. All products are manufactured in the US.
http://www.paulaschoice.com/

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3.8

360 products

11,943 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

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Paula's Begoun is a lady who always strikes me as knowing her ingredients. Her brand has some pretty impressive formulations. She doesn't rely on telling tall stories that revolve around magnetic soundwaves that can make a formula more potent, nor a flower that never fades and scientists spending a decade trying to understand why. Everything about her products and brand has always struck me as being honest and down to earth. I don't share her love of Mineral oil and silicones but on those I have to just respectfully agree to disagree.


I've had the good fortune of trying quite a number of sample packs and trial sizes that she lists on the PC website. Having previously used Skinceuticals 0.5% I was ready to up the ante and try something stronger. This formula with the addition of Licorice (good for brightening) struck me as a good choice.


First of all this is quite hydrating. If you have dry to normal skin this will suit you just fine. For myself being oily I had to use it very lightly so as not to over-hydrate my skin. The packaging - although good for keeping the ingredients stable was quite annoying as I always found it dispensed either too little or too much with each pump. As with other retinol formulations I did notice a difference in both pore size and skin texture and in a fairly short amount of time. Additionally there was also a very slight difference to fine lines which I can only put down to the impressive choice of ingredients in here. I had been expecting to peel or notice redness but luckily that did not happen.


The downside is the silicone content. I could only use this once or twice a week at most without experiencing a breakout. In itself it is a great product provided you are ok with silicones. For those like myself who are not, the hunt for the perfect retinol product goes on...

(used this product in October 2017)


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I'm constantly trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample/trial sizes from e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Skincare - Face -Paula's Choice -RESIST Skin Firming Line Minimizer

on 7/16/2018 7:38:00 PM

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Above all else, the packaging stinks. I'm sure it is stable but it is a push button from the bottom... which means when you put the cap back on it, it's very easy to push down on the bottom and wasted product ensues. I have used this to completion and notice no difference. 2 stars as I do have faith in Paula's Choice products BUT this one just didn't happen to work for me and the packaging is ridiculous.

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Sunscreen -Paula's Choice -Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+

on 7/15/2018 4:49:00 PM

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Very light, non-greasy sunscreen that soaks into the skin without any whiteness or tackiness. Excellent for combo or oily skin. No scent other than the faint typical sunscreen scent. I had a 15ml mini size of this and plan to buy the full size when it's on sale.


Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

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What I love about Paula Begoun's skincare range is first of all: the transparency: an explanation is given for each ingredient so you know exactly what you are putting onto/into your skin. Secondly there's ample opportunity to trial the products first via a sample size on her website. Not to mention a good returns policy. The 2% BHA lotion was one of the products that I invested in full size (along with a whole bunch of samples) and funnily enough was my least favorite out of everything I ordered. It's not that it broke me out or disagreed with me in any way, it just didn't do anything for me at all. Even after 3 weeks of usage my skin still looked exactly the same as before I started using it. Pores, blemishes, you name it, all still the same. Quite unfortunate as I skipped the option of a sample pack thinking it wouldn't be enough product to give it a fair try. I was somehow convinced this 1 bottle was the answer to all my skin woes. Not sure what lead me to believe that haha. Oh well I live, I learn...I try another product!


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I'm constantly trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample/trial sizes from e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

on 7/13/2018 11:09:00 AM

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Thanks to this bottle I've learned that I normally shouldn't use BHA. I don't have blemishes, I was looking at this product as an exfoliator only.
I'm allergic to aspirin and while Paula's Choice website doesn't mention that this product shouldn't be used by people who are allergic to it, but it states at the back of the bottle.
Here some facts:
Using a facial cleanser that contains 2% salicylic acid is the equivalent of taking about 80-100 mg of aspirin orally. (That’s about ½ of a baby aspirin tablet) And if you’re using a 2% SA body wash in your daily shower, that’s over 300 mg of aspirin every time you lather up!
It's not a cleanser and amount of the product used is lower. I previously tried to do BHA facial peeling ones a month, it didn't trigger any health issues, so I've tried this one and my skin loves it!
I don't use it daily, but every other day seems to be just perfect.
Thank you Paula's Choice for glowing and even skin!

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